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: Fraudulent Websites for Hurricane Katrina Victims  ( 2120 )
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« : September 06, 2005, 05:41:58 PM »

[Received from the Texas Department of Information Resources. ]
FROM THE MULTI STATE INFORMATION SHARING AND INFORMATION ANALYSIS
CENTER - CYBER INFORMATION BULLETIN
DATE ISSUED:
September 1, 2005
SUBJECT:
Fraudulent Websites for Hurricane Katrina Victims
OVERVIEW:
We have received information indicating that Internet domain names are
being created that could be used to lure unwary users into visiting
potentially malicious web sites.
BULLETIN:
Relief and charity efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina began
immediately after the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast area. Shortly
thereafter, web sites began to appear which were designed to defraud
unsuspecting users. Some of the activities include soliciting donations
for seemingly charitable purposes, attempting to collect personal
information through phishing scams and also spreading malware to
unsuspecting users. Over the past few days, domain names that redirect
users to malicious web sites have appeared online, in addition to email
scams requesting donations for those impacted by the hurricane. While
some of these sites and messages may be legitimate, many are not. At the
time of this bulletin, please be aware that the following domains are
reported to be suspicious:
katrinahelp.com
katrinacleanup.com
katrinarelief.com.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and additional domains
may continue to appear.
In addition to fraudulent web sites, opportunists may use this event as
a vehicle for other types of online attacks. For example, email
messages that claim to contain attachments with photos, video, or other
information about Hurricane Katrina may actually contain viruses, worms,
or other malware.
RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend that staff be advised to:
*Validate the relief fund or charity through a known reliable entity.
Please refer to the FEMA link below for a list of reputable disaster
relief resources for Hurricane Katrina.
*When a message containing a request for donations for these victims
appears, do not respond unless you are certain it is a valid message.
*Avoid visiting untrusted web sites.
*Avoid opening email messages and attachments that claim to contain
video, photos, or other information relating to relief solicitation for
Hurricane Katrina.
*Follow standard best practices for email and web browsing security.
REFERENCES:
SANS:
http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?date=2005-08-31
Washington Post:
http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2005/08/katrina_phishin.html
Better Business Bureau:
http://www.give.org/news/disaster_pr.asp
Federal Emergency Management Agency:
http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/resources_katrina.shtm
MS-ISAC
30 South Pearl Street, Suite P2
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 474-0865

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